from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flat narrow thigh muscle, the longest of the human anatomy, crossing the front of the thigh obliquely from the hip to the inner side of the tibia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long thin muscle that runs down the length of the thigh; the longest muscle in the human body.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A muscle of the thigh, called the tailor's muscle, which arises from the hip bone and is inserted just below the knee. So named because its contraction was supposed to produce the position of the legs assumed by the tailor in sitting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The longest muscle of the human body, crossing the thigh obliquely in front.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a muscle in the thigh that helps to rotate the leg into the sitting position assumed by a tailor; the longest muscle in the human body
New Latin, from Late Latin sartor, tailor (from its producing the cross-legged position of a tailor at work), from sartus, past participle of sarcīre, to mend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)